A prototype tram is being tested in Prague. EVO1 began passengerless testing over the summer and as of the start of February has been taking passengers on limited lines.
Passenger testing had previously been announced for October, but was delayed.
The tram has a distinctive yellow-an-white design and will be on the number 6 line of weekdays and number 5 line on Saturdays and 7 line of Sundays, the Prague Public Transit Co. (DPP) announced in a news release. Its home depot is Vozovna Strašnice.
During the testing period, which runs until August, DPP will be seeking feedback from the public on the design.
The DPP has nicknamed the tram “Evička,” a diminutive form of Eve, It is a low-floor single unit tram with four doors for quick entry and exit of passengers. It also has air conditioning to maintain a steady temperature. It can seat 30 people and has room for 80 standing.
It is the first low floor single unit tram to be used in the Czech Republic
The four-axle tram was developed and manufactured by Alliance TW Team, which is a consortium of Pragoimex, VKV Praha and Krnovské opravny a strojírny in cooperation with DPP.
The prototype is owned by Pragoimex and on loan to DPP.
It was assembled and customized at DPP’s repair facility from December 2014 to June 2015. It had a crash test in May 2015, according to DPP.
The tram went 5,000 km in testing without passengers to see the level of vibration, the reaction of the brakes and level of brake noise and other parameters.
A similar tram is in use in Liberec but has two units, and is called EVO2.
But people interested in riding it should do so before the testing period is over, as DPP does not plan to purchase the prototype.
Instead, the hope is that other cities in Europe or elsewhere will become interested in it and further units can be assembled at the DDP facility by the same consortium that backed the prototype.
The makers think it might appeal to cities in Eastern Europe and perhaps other cities in the Czech Republic that have tram lines and a need for single-unit trams.